(c) 2002 by Jeff King & Lewis D'Aubin
"Will you pipe down out there, woman? Can'tcha see I'm tryin' to take my bi-annual bath?"
I remember in 2001 when Jeff approached me with this song, which he had written just after having moved in with his girlfriend. The whole thing resembled one of Red Peters or Rodney Carrington's ribald tunes... and at first listen, I was quite resistant to what I though would be diluting to the character of the C.O.G. - to the point of attempting to completely rewrite the lyrics (if I had gotten away with it, this song would have been called, 'Frankencow'!) But Jeff rightfully persisted, and finally one night when my own wife complained about the showerhead in her bathroom, I relented!
This was quite a fun recording to make, as it's laid back country groove required a whole different approach. For starters, I got my old friend Roddy Ory, who had been in a country cover band several years after the breakup of his progressive band, to perform the drum part. We used my newly built electric kit, recording the song with midi drums but using real cymbals. (During mixdown, I re-miked the snare through a real snare drum for that realistic rattle.) It took me a while to find my voice on this one; I ended up coming up with a 'Vince Gill' impression that suited the recording (difficult to render that croon live, though.) Things got really crazy when I called in Beth Patterson to lay down some banjo parts. She really got into the spirit of the thing, improv-ing a lot of the snarky female commentary heard throughout, and adding lots of tasty vocal harmonies to my 'campfire' background parts! The final touch was originally supposed to be a violin part on the solo, after the guitar solo, to replace the midi violin Jeff had stubbed in on the demo. In the end, we never did secure a fiddle player, but Ron Keller stepped up to the plate and instead laid down a laid-back harmonica solo that fit the piece perfectly, especially under the addition of my bridge patter about "vibe-o-rators" (thanks, Mojo Nixon!) and the guy "with the giant mustache that comes around every morning after I go to work..."
Final touches on this song included water effects from my own shower, and a little ending stinger chord that was digitally constructed after the fact. I'm quite proud of the mix on this song; it's one of the best sounding things on the whole CD, and in the end, didn't require much in the way of mastering.
Lead vocal......Lewis D'Aubin
Backing vocals..Beth Patterson, Lewis D'Aubin
Recorded and mixed 2003 at C.O.G. Secret Lab, Harahan LA